City street cars and drivers have the privilege of driving and the duty of being cautious. Distracted driving is dangerous and could, of course, jeopardize the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
According to the Quebec Société de l'assurance automobile, the law is very clear "you must not use a cell phone or other portable electronic device while driving, unless it is a hands-free device.
Also In the province of Quebec, the use of hand-held cell phones has been banned since July 1, 2008, but hands free devices are still tolerated.
Failure to abide by this rule is an offence subject to a fine, demerit points and, in the case of a repeat offence, an immediate suspension of the driver’s licence".
Issues related to distracted driving are much broader than just cellphones. The top five perceived distractions are eating and drinking, passengers, other drivers and changing radio stations.
Broader issues that also include distractions inside the vehicle such as smoking and distractions outside the vehicle such as looking at the scenery.
Multitaskers have more trouble overlooking distractions compared to people who are able to focus on one task at a time. The more a driver jumps from one task to another, the less he or she is able to focus on one single task.
Using a cell phone or another portable electronic device or, consulting a display screen or, handling it while driving automatically leads to a fine, demerit points or an immediate licence suspension already mentioned above.
Eyes must be kept on the road and hands on the wheel. Getting too comfortable or getting drowsy, managing children, talking to a passenger, putting on makeup are all distractions.
Many drivers admit they frequently read the road signs, talk to other occupants, think of other things, change stations, put on a CD, read billboards, use a hands-free phone or a GPS. Distracted drivers who might fail to recognize potential hazards such as pedestrians, bicycles and debris.
Drivers who do engage in distracting activities show a disturbing lack of awareness. By doing so, they fail to recognize that they are putting themselves, their passengers and other road users in danger. Distractions such as making a left turn or pulling out from a side road cause drivers to react more slowly to events or traffic conditions.
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